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Dr. Luke Will Likely Deny Kesha Her 'Statement' Billboard Music Awards Performance [UPDATED]

Kesha’s hyped performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22—rumored to be a “statement performance” against her alleged sexual abuser Dr. Luke—might not happen after all. The producer (real name Lukasz Gottwald) has reportedly backtracked on a previous agreement and now refuses to let her perform original music.

Meghan Trainor Says Jennifer Lopez Didn't Know Dr. Luke Produced Her New Song

Jennifer Lopez has been criticized both here and elsewhere for working with Dr. Luke on her new song, “Ain’t Your Mama.” But in a new interview, the writer of that song—Meghan “No” Trainor—has defended Lopez, saying that she fell for the song before she even knew Luke had produced it.

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Pope Francis Wants to Make Church Nicer for Divorced Folks, Still Not Nice for Same-Sex Marriage

Pope Francis, in his vague baby-step efforts to bring the Catholic church past Medieval Times, has issued the Amoris Laetitia, a 256-page missive that, according to The New York Times, “calls for priests to welcome single parents, gay people and unmarried straight couples who are living together.”

Jennifer Lopez's Feminist New Song Is Also Produced By Dr. Luke

One fan theory about why Dr. Luke has been so petty about not letting Kesha out of her contract with him is that he hasn’t produced a genre-shifting hit in a couple of years, and that he’s now more inclined to follow than lead. (His last true smash, 2014's “Timber,” was by Pitbull featuring Kesha.)